New Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon watched from the stand as his side lost to St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

Richie Towell's shot squirmed past goalkeeper Peter Enckelman to give Hibs the lead on 26 minutes.

But Francisco Sandaza levelled with a low shot and Marcus Haber headed Saints ahead just before the break.

Dave MacKay's free-kick stretched the hosts' lead as they recorded a first win for boss Steve Lomas in his second match in charge.

Fourth-place St Johnstone move to within seven points of Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League while Hibs remain ninth, two points above bottom club Inverness.

With Fenlon having been appointed on Friday, Billy Brown continued to take charge of the first team, although his future in the role of assistant manager remains unclear.

Saints were dealt an early blow when Cillian Sheridan, who had just returned to the side, pulled up with a recurrence of a hamstring problem and the striker was replaced by Haber.

With rain covering much of Scotland throughout the weekend, conditions in Perth were treacherous and players from both sides struggled to pick passes and create chances.

However, Leigh Griffiths lifted the malaise when he worked his way into a shooting position and forced a save from Enckelman.

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Towell followed through on the rebound and, though Enckelman got something on the effort, the keeper could not stop it crossing the line.

The goal boosted Hibs and Martin Scott missed a headed chance in their next attack.

The home side tried to respond and Steven Anderson, Murray Davidson and Chris Millar also missed the target.

And it was slackness in the Hibs defence that proved to be the catalyst for St Johnstone's leveller.

Sandaza robbed David Stephens of possession, fired in a shot that smacked against the post and then converted the rebound.

And, deep into first-half injury time, Saints found themselves ahead as MacKay's cross was nodded home by Haber.

The second half was barely two minutes old by the time Saints stretched their advantage and Stephens was once again culpable.

His challenge on Davidson was penalised and MacKay's free-kick swept past keeper Graham Stack into the net.

Griffiths failed to connect with David Wotherspoon's low driven cross, when any sort of contact would likely have reduced the visitors' deficit.

More uncertainty in the Hibs rearguard presented Liam Craig with a chance but his effort was blocked.

Griffiths's replacement Junior Agogo headed over from fellow substitute Danny Galbraith's cross and Ivan Sproule's shot was saved as Hibs' chances of turning the match around evaporated.

And Haber could have grabbed another for Saints in the final minute, his thunderous shot beating Stack but not the post.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

St Johnstone

  • 01 Enckelman
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Davidson
  • 05 Wright
  • 06 Anderson
  • 07 Millar
  • 08 Davidson
  • 10 Craig
  • 14 Moon
  • 11 Sheridan (Haber - 8' )
  • 21 Sandaza

Substitutes

  • 15 Mannus
  • 12 Maybury
  • 25 Durnan
  • 27 May
  • 29 McIntosh
  • 19 Finnigan
  • 23 Haber

Hibernian

  • 01 Stack
  • 04 Hanlon Booked
  • 05 O'Hanlon
  • 20 Stephens
  • 25 Towell (Sodje - 66' )
  • 07 Wotherspoon
  • 14 Scott (Galbraith - 72' )
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 17 Sproule
  • 24 Osbourne
  • 28 Griffiths (Agogo - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Brown
  • 06 Murray
  • 11 Galbraith
  • 19 Palsson
  • 26 Welsh
  • 18 Agogo
  • 23 Sodje
Ref: Madden
Att: 3,782

Match Stats

Shots

10 7

On target

4 2

Corners

4 1

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:30 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +1:47

Shot by Marcus Haber (St Johnstone) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

90:00 +0:02

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) on Murray Davidson (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

89:17

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

89:08

Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

88:43

Effort on goal by Lewis Stevenson from a long way out goes over the bar.

88:05

Foul by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) on Junior Agogo (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) from right channel, resulting in open play.

87:41

Defending throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).

87:24

Attacking throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

86:50

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

86:09

Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone) on Paul Hanlon (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Daniel Galbraith (Hibernian) from left wing, passed.

85:30

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

85:13

Cross by Ivan Sproule (Hibernian), clearance by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

84:11

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

82:08

Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

81:53

Cross by Junior Agogo (Hibernian), resulting in ball out of play.

81:04

Daniel Galbraith (Hibernian) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

80:11

Shot by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

79:19

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

78:20

Shot by Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), clearance by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) to centre, clearance by David Stephens (Hibernian).

77:10

Defending throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

76:55

Attacking throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).

75:47

Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

75:07

Foul by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) on Paul Hanlon (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

74:03

Cross by Liam Craig (St Johnstone), clearance by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) to near post, clearance by Akpo Sodje (Hibernian).

73:06 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Leigh Griffiths replaced by Junior Agogo (tactical).

73:02

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

72:43

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

71:25 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Martin Scott replaced by Daniel Galbraith (tactical).

71:21

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

70:45

Defending throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

70:25

Cross by Martin Scott (Hibernian), resulting in open play.

69:42

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

68:51

Cross by Liam Craig (St Johnstone), resulting in open play. Shot by Chris Millar (St Johnstone) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

68:19

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

67:50

Cross by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian), clearance by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).

67:21

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

67:09

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

65:32 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Richie Towell replaced by Akpo Sodje (tactical).

65:30

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

65:03

Cross by Marcus Haber (St Johnstone), resulting in ball out of play.

63:48

Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

63:14

Shot by Richie Towell (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (35 yards), missed right.

62:47

Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

62:05

Cross by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian), header by Martin Scott (Hibernian) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

61:43

Cross by Liam Craig (St Johnstone), save (caught) by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

61:18

Attacking throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

60:32

Attacking throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

58:57

Cross by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

58:42

Attacking throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

58:18

Cross by Richie Towell (Hibernian), clearance by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

57:49

Defending throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

57:03

Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

56:03

Foul by Kevin Moon (St Johnstone) on Martin Scott (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from left channel, resulting in open play.

55:50

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

55:36

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

54:53

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

54:44

Cross by David MacKay (St Johnstone), resulting in ball out of play.

53:49

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

53:41

Attacking throw-in by Martin Scott (Hibernian).

52:16

Foul by David Stephens (Hibernian) on Marcus Haber (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from right channel, passed.

51:26

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

50:32 Booking

Booking Sean O'Hanlon (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.

50:04

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Hibernian) on Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from right wing, resulting in open play.

49:45

Cross by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian), clearance by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).

49:05

Foul by Marcus Haber (St Johnstone) on Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) from own half, passed.

48:46

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

47:45

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

46:41 Goal scored

Goal! - David MacKay - St J'stone 3 - 1 Hibernian Free kick scored by David MacKay (St Johnstone) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right channel (20 yards).St Johnstone 3-1 Hibernian.

45:36

Foul by David Stephens (Hibernian) on Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

45:19

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:39

Assist (cross) by David MacKay (St Johnstone) from right wing.

44:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Marcus Haber - St J'stone 2 - 1 Hibernian Headed goal by Marcus Haber (St Johnstone) (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).St Johnstone 2-1 Hibernian.

43:36

Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Stack (Hibernian) from centre of penalty area, resulting in open play.

41:25

Defending throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).

40:43

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) on Chris Millar (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by David MacKay (St Johnstone) from own half, passed.

39:04

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) to near post, clearance by Sean O'Hanlon (Hibernian).

37:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Francisco Sandaza - St J'stone 1 - 1 Hibernian Goal by Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone) right-footed (low centre of goal) from right side of penalty area (18 yards).St Johnstone 1-1 Hibernian.

37:21

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

36:25

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian). Shot by Chris Millar (St Johnstone) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.

35:33

Cross by Chris Millar (St Johnstone), shot by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.

34:48

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

33:49

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

33:37

Cross by Chris Millar (St Johnstone), resulting in ball out of play.

33:01

Defending throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

32:26

Defending throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

32:18

Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

31:52

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) left-footed from right channel (30 yards), missed right.

31:30

Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

31:23

Cross by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian), resulting in ball out of play.

30:27

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

30:16

Cross by Chris Millar (St Johnstone), resulting in ball out of play.

28:34

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) to far post, shot by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.

28:17

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

27:16

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Hibernian) on Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) from left channel, passed.

26:49

Cross by Liam Craig (St Johnstone), resulting in open play.

25:59

Shot by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

25:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Richie Towell - St J'stone 0 - 1 Hibernian Goal by Richie Towell (Hibernian) right-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).St Johnstone 0-1 Hibernian.

24:19

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

23:47

Defending throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).

22:53

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

22:35

Defending throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

21:16

Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) from own half, passed.

19:40

Marcus Haber (St Johnstone) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Stack (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

19:02

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

18:15

Cross by Richie Towell (Hibernian), resulting in ball out of play. Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

17:23

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

16:55

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Hibernian) on Murray Davidson (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) from right wing, passed.

16:20

Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

15:28

Cross by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian), clearance by David MacKay (St Johnstone). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Martin Scott (Hibernian) to centre, resulting in ball out of play.

15:13

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

14:39

Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) on Martin Scott (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian) from right channel, resulting in open play.

14:24

Attacking throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).

14:09

Defending throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).

13:47

Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

12:42

Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) on Ivan Sproule (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Stack (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

11:02

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

10:40

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

9:47

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

8:47

Cross by Richie Towell (Hibernian), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone). Defending throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

7:45 Substitution

Substitution St Johnstone substitution: Cillian Sheridan replaced by Marcus Haber (injury).

7:34

Chris Millar (St Johnstone) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by David Stephens (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

5:45

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

4:38

Foul by Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone) on Paul Hanlon (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by David Stephens (Hibernian) from left wing, passed.

3:56

Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Stack (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

2:37

Cross by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian), clearance by Frazer Wright (St Johnstone).

2:24

Attacking throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).

1:10

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

0:41

Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).

0:03

Foul by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) on Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian) from left channel, resulting in open play.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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